Mexico y sus Alrededores, 1855-1856.
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Mexico y sus Alrededores, 1855-1856.:
CASTRO, CASIMIRO, et al. Mexico y sus Alrededores. Coleccion de Monumentos, trajes y Paisajes. Mexico: Establecimiento Lithografico de Decaen, 1855 and 1856 (and later). Folio (17in x 12 3/8in). Later 19th century binding, decoratively gilt-stamped and blocked brown leather, gilt to spine, raised bands; marbled endpapers. Text pp. 3-32; lithographic title and half title; 35 scenes (30 leaves/plates), some color and tinted; captions in English, Spanish, and French. Inscribed on half title: “To Javier T. Martinez with regards of… [unclear: Mary &…? Griscco…?], September 14, 1901”. Presumably, artist Xavier Timoteo Martinez (1869-1943), whose first name was variously spelled with a “J”. On the back flyleaf, there is a bookseller label for D. P. Elder and Morgan Shepard, San Francisco. Condition: Binding sound, leather with some scuffing and wear, bumped corners; toning (darkest at margins); foxing throughout, including on plates, some of which are considerably spotted/discolored; one plate with a 1 1/2-in tear at top margin, with Scotch tape repair; large crease to front flyleaf and creasing on half title page near gutter.